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Toaru Majutsu no Index ;; Druaga no Tou: The Aegis of Uruk ;; White Album ;;

Toaru Majutsu no Index

Kamijou Touma is a student living in Academy City, a highly advanced place in terms of technology. Despite being gauged as a level zero esper (no powers), he possesses on his right hand the Imagine Breaker, an ability that negates any power whatsoever. Touma finds a young girl named Index who is trying to run away from Necessarius, a powerful magic organization that she is member of. Blessed with the skill of memorizing any sort of information, she holds 103,000 forbidden magical books within her head. As science and magic cross paths, Touma must face several dangers amid espers and magicians who appear at the exciting scientific town.

Once I learned that the “walking church”‘s name is Index I thought the anime will mostly revolve around her and the other main character, Touma. To my surprise though, after her “arc” in the series, she doesn’t really appear all that often. Mostly it shows Touma’s adventures.

Touma is a simple guy and a super nice one at that. One thing he seems to live by is to help when others are in need without judging. When people are stuck in a sticky situation, no matter what, he feels almost obligated to help out. With that kind of thinking, the hospital became almost like his second home. I don’t really think you can hate him because he’s just…. so nice. Other females in this series definitely took notice and softened up to him because of that.

Index is a pretty innocent character. Her voice and her actions seem more childish. Her main concern, really, is eating. If she has food in her she’s a happy girl. When she is in danger something else takes control of her and she speaks in a different tone – no longer the childish one. It automatically helps her sort through the books in her head and help her solve the problem in order to keep the books safe.

The series is pretty good. I don’t think the viewer would get tired of it that quickly because they do have a couple stories instead of one long one. Every time they solve a problem – which usually lasts a couple episodes – another one will take over so it kept me entertained throughout the whole series. The one thing I still don’t really like is how it’s named after index but it doesn’t really talk about her much. I want to know what happens to the walking church. Maybe they’ll talk about her in the second season??

Toaru Aru Majutusu no Index stresses the difference between science and magic a lot. Although they coexist relatively peacefully that isn’t to say there aren’t trouble between them at all. An esper (science) cannot use magic without hurting him/herself and vice versa. An esper is sorted into levels with 0 being the lowest (the level Touma is in) and level 5 currently being the highest. A magician, if he or she decides to reveal his or her magical name, it would release their power to the fullest. The line between the two worlds seem to be crumbling though so I’m curious to see how much longer things will be peaceful between them.

3.5/5


Druaga no Tou: The Aegis of Uruk

The Summer of "Anu": In a summer once every five years, demons in the mysterious Tower of Druaga lose their powers due to the magic spell cast by a god named "Anu". King Gilgamesh, ruler of the kingdom Uruk, uses the appearance of demons as an excuse to invade the tower and find out the construct's secrets. As 80 years passed, the Uruk army managed to fight back the demons and built a fortress city and safe haven on the very first floor of Druaga - Metz Kier. Thus begins the story of a warrior named Jil who, finding companions along the way, embarks on a quest for the fabled Blue Crystal Rod, a powerful artifact rumored to be in the highest floor of Druaga. However, other competitors, including the kingdom of Uruk itself, want the treasure, all for their own reasons.

The story revolves around the character Jil who was blessed by the God and makes it his mission to defeat Druaga. Since the summer of Anu was approaching, Jil took this time to create a group to make their way up the tower.

The first episode actually gave me a bad impression of the series as a whole. It did showcase the comedy aspect of the anime which is very apparent in the series, but I think they took it a bit too far. The whole first episode was a “fake” one and it was all Jil’s imagination. Since it was his imagination everything was exaggerated and I was actually debating if I should drop it. Usually I watch one episode to see how it is and use that to base my decision on whether I should keep watching or not.

Jil, just like the anime above, is a super nice guy. To the point where he’d throw himself into a messy situation that he believes is wrong, just so he can right it. I’m not sure why, but I find it a little bit more annoying than Toaru Majutsu no Index’s Touma. It’s almost like he’s a little bit too innocent. He truly believes that he will be able to make it to the top to defeat the demon Druaga. However, he is still a noobie (in fact, a first time climber) and because he has too much confidence in himself, he ends up getting hurt right from the start leaving his teammates to clean up the mess instead.

Most of the episodes show their day to day life of going through the tower so there isn’t much of a plot. There are some hints that are dropped to lead the viewers to believe there is something much more bigger going on than just Jil reaching the top. The actual plot though isn’t shown in the first season until the last episode. It’s not until the last episode that we start to see the story start to lead to the climax. I guess the more exciting points are all going to be in season 2. Takes too long for my liking. They should’ve just made it 20ish episodes instead of separating it into two seasons. I’m not sure that many people would follow the anime that long to realize something will happen.

3/5


White Album

Touya Fujii is a young university student who juggles two part-time jobs with his studies so that he can afford to live. The most important thing in his life is his girlfriend Yuki, but since she is an up and coming idol they barely get a chance to talk, let alone see each other. With her managers keeping a close watch on her and attempting to prevent their relationship, it seems that Touya and Yuki will simply have to make the most of their fleeting moments together. However, they do have one person fighting in their corner: Yuki’s friend - the famous idol Rina Ogata.

White Album is totally a harem anime (an anime where the main male character is surrounded by female characters). Touya has a best friend in the series, but he’s barely seen. This is one of those animes where pretty much all the characters piss me off. SOO IRRITATING!! They all seem like idiots or selfish arses. I think if everyone in the world were like the characters in White Album, we’re all off better alone.

Touya finds it hard to keep his relationship with Yuki alive. As Yuki slowly rises in popularity she has less and less time to meet him. On top of that, her management does not approve of their relationship together. It seems like everybody and everything is against them being together. The only person that seems to be on their side is Rina, Yuki’s senior in the company.

The reason why I find it really irritating is because I feel like all the characters’ actions are bad ones. They’re all asking for the bad outcome. Touya moping about wondering when he’ll ever get to see Yuki. You would think he was a very dedicated boyfriend, but a couple words from Yuki’s manager sent him wavering. Why not discuss with Yuki about the problem?? I guess maybe he didn’t want to put the stress onto Yuki so he kept it to himself to make a decision, but all I wanted to do was punch him in the face. I don’t really pity him. If my friend had a boyfriend like him I’l tell him to get the eff out.

Yuki, probably one of the only innocent characters in the anime. She was a pretty innocent character and wants to be a singer in the industry. Her personality isn’t as outgoing and she’s very humble, but it doesn’t mean she doesn’t want it as much others. She shows that she will put all that she has to make sure she succeeds. I am still frustrated with her too though. When she knew her relationship is having a hard time she made it worse by promising herself to not speak or see Touya…really? You already saw him only twice? once? last year and now you want to make this sort of promise???

Rina, the president of the company’s younger sister. Also a singer – Yuki’s senpai. She’s a straightforward person and isn’t afraid to berate others when they do something wrong against Yuki. Rina knows her worth and her importance and shows it quite often when she doesn’t listen to her manager or keeps the studio staff waiting while she’s out chatting, but one thing can’t be denied and that’s the fact that she will get her job down and done right too. I’ve only watched the first season (couldn’t finish the two season in a row.. it’s just so irritating) and it’s a little bit unclear to me why she’s helping out Yuki so much. Does she have a thing for Touya? Does she not want Yuki to just become a toy to her older brother like she is now??

Touya’s best friend Akira is pretty much a jerk, at least to me. He is deeply in love with Misaki (their senpai at school), but is too afraid to confess to her his feelings. The worst part is, even though Touya tries to create situations that could get them closer, Akira gets angry with him. In fact, he just tells Touya to forget about it altogether. Dude.. grow the hell up and shut up. It’s either you take Touya’s help or get over your feelings then because you just stare at her from afar and make angry comments when she’s not all over you. Really Akira? Really?….. Get out!

Misaki, their senpai at the university. Misaki also seems to be a nice character who is always there to help people out. I’m not sure if she knows about Akira’s feelings for her but she doesn’t reciprocate it. In fact as the audience sees in episode 1, she seems to have a soft spot for Touya. Although she seems kind of innocent, there’s a bit more to Misaki than we were originally shown.

Haruka, just like Akira, is a character that’s kind of there, but you don’t really understand why. It’s almost like they thought, well we have like all the other types of girls in this anime, why not add an athletic one? So here comes Haruka. She lost her brother in an accident and ever since then she stopped playing tennis – a sport that both of them played together, I think. She constantly goes to Touya’s apartment and rings his doorbell and insists he goes out jogging with her which really meant she’s going to be riding her bike while Touya jogs alongside. Haruka always just says Touya is her oniisan (brother), but is he really?

3/5

All-Time Fav Anime Pt. 2

Vampire Knight

Yuki's earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, wherein she was attacked by a vampire... And then rescued by another. Now 10 years later, Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her savior, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. But also at her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend who’s hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions. Is Kaname's infatuation with Yuki the beginning of a forbidden romance, or is it something in her forgotten past that draws him to her. Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death.
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I’ve always had a soft spot for Vampire related things. And this was way before the Twilight-vampire craze. I’m not sure why I’m into it haha. I think most of my all-time favs have been quite popular actually so it might seem like I’m just pouncing on whatever’s popular. They actually good though, at least for me haha! I found the story interesting and always wanted to know why Kaname was always helping Yuki out. If not for personal gains then maybe because he had some over obsessed crush on Yuki. Anyway, the reason wasn’t really fully explained because there’s a season 2… which I haven’t watched yet because I thought I’d try to catch up on the manga before watching.. yeah that didn’t work out LOL.

I felt soo bad watching Zero’s part of the story. It’s just a mess and as the story progressed I felt more and more depressed. The guy just can’t catch a break ::sweat2:: !

Anyway, check this out! It’s not my usual comedy shows but I thought it was really good. I even got my best friend to watch it haha! My other friend who keeps up with anime/manga kind of gave up because she said she ended up hating Yuki because she’s so helpless so I’m really curious to see what happens in season 2…one day!


Kuroshitsuji

In a manor house on the outskirts of Victorian era London, butler Sebastian Michaelis serves Lord Earl Ciel Phantomhive, the orphaned twelve-year-old head of an English noble family and a toy and candy empire, who serves directly under the Queen as her "guard dog". Master Phantomhive's parents were murdered when Ciel was little. As a result, he made a pact with a demon asking for vengeance upon those who had disgraced him and the Phantomhive name, in exchange for his soul. Now, Sebastian carries out any task required by his Master, perfectly solving problems plaguing England with ease, due to his demonic lineage and the Faustian contract with Ciel.
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This anime had a good balance between a more darker story and also comedy. I love Ciel’s staff at the manor! But his staff aren’t what they seem. All of them had a dark past and they all came together to work in his household, including Sebastian.

I’ve never really been into yaoi stuff, but I quite liked the two characters together. Although Ciel’s just a 12 year old, he is more than capable of running the empire his family left behind after their death. With the help of his ever helpful butler, Sebastian, he seems unstoppable. Sometimes I don’t even know how Sebastian deals with Ciel’s bratty attitude… well I guess having his soul after makes up for it? LOL.

I almost didn’t want him to get his revenge so I can keep watching them. Their bond is pretty apparent so I was wondering how it would go down when Sebastian was to take Ciel’s soul. I was confused when I heard there was going to be a second season of Kuroshitsuji, but then my friend told me it’s with different characters. The new boy is a ho… LOL.


Code Geass: LeLouch of the Rebellion

The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons called Knightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11, and its people the 11's. A Britannian who was living in Japan at the time, Lelouch, vowed to his Japanese friend Suzaku that he'd destroy Britannia. Years later, Lelouch is in high school, but regularly skips out of school to go play chess and gamble on himself. One day, he stumbles on terrorists 11's who've stolen a military secret and is caught by a member of the Britannian task force sent after them, who is Suzaku. As the rest of the squad arrives, Suzaku is shot for disobeying orders, while the military secret, a young girl, gives Lelouch the power of Geass, which makes anyone obey any order. While Suzaku is secretly made the pilot of Britannia's brand new prototype Knightmare, Lancelot, Lelouch becomes the masked Zero to lead the rebellion to destroy Britannia once and for all.
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Mannn, my friends were all urging me to finish this one. I knew about this one because someone I follow online talked about how they were a fan of this anime but I never really searched up on it. I agree it’s a good one, but it’s one of those good shows that I have to watch slowly because I feel like a lot of things go down. Just like Death Note.. which I still can’t finish reading because the massive amount of dialogue is killing me. Both of them have a male lead that gets a power that they wield to change the world to their liking.

Lelouch is actually a child of royal descent… well partially.. and that leads to the a bigger reason as to why he was living in Japan and wants to destroy Britannia. With his intelligence and the new power on top of that he is able to fight back against Britannia like no one has before. It was interesting to watch his past unfold. Sometimes I get a little annoyed at him, but the actual character that really annoyed me in this anime was Suzaku. I don’t quite remember why anymore, maybe he was constantly whining about something or other.. I’m sorry my memory is total crap haha!

Ah, I think it might because he kept talking about how they can change things without a war or whatever. I think I just wished for him to be quiet and help Lelouch LOL…



Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Kyouhei, Ranmaru, Takenaga, and Yukinojou are beautiful, handsome, young men living in a huge mansion. One day, their landlord, whom they call "Auntie", asks them a favor: to make her niece, Sunako, who's going to be living with them, into a respectable young lady. She agrees to make their living expenses free of charge if they succeed, but if they fail, she'll triple their rent. Due to their confidence in knowing how to deal with women, they agree, but once they meet Sunako, they begin to realize that their lovely living arrangements may soon be in jeopardy.
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I really loved this anime. Just like Ouran High School Host Club the comedy kept coming and kept me entertained throughout the whole anime. I ended up not rating it 5/5 though I think because of the ending. That’s always something that bothers me about shows.. when the show was entertaining from the beginning to the middle and when it comes to closing up the show they suck. Either way it’s still a show I would recommend if you want something light and over the top.

Sunako’s face is rarely shown in the anime because it’s always hidden behind hair. After an incident in the past she refuses to even try prettying up and chooses to retreat to being a hermit instead. Her aunt wouldn’t have any of that though and throws her into a house full of beautiful men much to her horror. I mean for gosh sake’s the men are so beautiful they blind her!

I just noticed this is the only light one in this batch haha!


Anyways these are my all-time favs. I also love watching One Piece A LOT, but it’s still airing so I won’t include it on the list haha. Check these ones out and the other ones I also recommended! I’m sure anyone that’s into anime have already watched all of these, but if you usually don’t why not give these a try? I usually do a lot better convincing when I get to tell my friends the synopsis myself. However, I can’t so I hope you guys can just take my word for it LOL.

Otaku..? HARDLY! // All-Time Fav Anime

I watch anime. There. For some reason some people find it really geeky or something bad to admit. Well, I guess that depends on your circle of friends. Maybe it’s because of their impression of the hardcore anime lovers. You know.. those ones that get into extremely unappealing costumes for cosplaying. I was about to link the infamous fat man in Sailor Moon costume, but I’ll spare you all LOL. Feel free to google it though!! That or they just fall into one of those sad groups that think, “Cartoons are for kids. Anime is basically cartoon, therefore it’s unacceptable to watch after 5 years old.” Who knows!

Sometimes when I ask someone if they watch it they immediately start judging and go, “WOW!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WATCH THAT STUFF!” Judging COMMENCE! I judge you for judging me!!

I actually enjoy it sometimes because anime can tell a whole different story than our usual dramas or English series. Comedy done in anime is very different than even a live-action production of the manga – little things even, like they can do hilarious/cute chibi faces to show a character’s emotion. I can judge the story better without being annoyed at an actor/actress because of their crappy acting! You know how Asian dramas love to cast idols that can’t really act just for views. When a character is crying more likely than not, I don’t have to stare at them crying for what seems like centuries in an anime! Plus, it’s a lot harder to get annoyed at a chibi character crying >_> LOL.


My first animes were Love Hina and Chobits (well I mean.. excluding every girl’s first anime >> Sailor Moon!! I also watched Escaflowne.). How totally inappropriate, right? LOL! I remember I saw pictures of the characters everywhere so I started watching it. I still enjoyed them. Love Hina was very high energy and always entertaining. Chobits really intrigued me with the android aspect of it. I remember being really curious about who Chi was and really wanted to know the ending. For some reason or another I stopped halfway and kept trying to start it up but never got past the halfway-mark. Think it was around high school when I finally watched the whole thing.

Since I never really talked about anime on WIL I thought I’d start it off with some of my all-time favs!

xxxHolic

Kimihiro Watanuki is a young boy with a cursed gift. He has the ability to see evil spirits, and somehow they seem attracted to himself. One day he meets a misterious woman who names herself Yuuko. She claims to have the means to end his torment, but she never works for free, and she wouldn't help him until he works for her enough to pay for her services. Thus he starts to work in her shop and discovers that in that place, nothing is what it seems.
xxxHolic is done by CLAMP who also did Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle – features the two characters from Card Captor Sakura I think. I haven’t watched Tsubasa :B

I wasn’t sure if I’d like this anime because of the drawing style and usually I rather dislike watching things that are too..serious : P. Although the only time I watch more serious stuff is in anime, I just go through it really slow. xxxHolic, however, kept my interest pretty good. I went through it quickly and added the second season on to my to watch list.

Second season was a let down for me though. I’ll have to watch the specials to see how everything gets tied up >_>

Ouran High School Host Club

Haruhi is a poor tomboyish student at a school for the ultra-wealthy, able to attend because of a scholarship, and unable to even afford a uniform. One day, she stumbles across the decidedly peculiar but very popular Ouran Host Club. She tries to leave, but accidentally breaks a vase, and unable to pay for it, she's told that she'll have to stay and do odd jobs. That is, until they decide she would be more valuable as a club member. Not realizing she's female due to her appearance, they fix her up and give her a male uniform. She's an instant hit, so they decide to have her keep up the charade even after they find out the truth. Haruhi, being average almost to a fault, doesn't know what to make of the unconventional activities of the Host Club (or of the even more unconventional members), but having little choice, she plays along. Before long, real bonds are formed, friends made, and Haruhi finds herself accepted in a way she could never have been otherwise in this affluent school.
I’m actually rewatching this right now because I wanted to keep a copy and I’m watching every single episode I get. I can watch this anime non-stop because it’s just so light and fun. Even after I finished it I wished that it could just keep going providing me with laughs everyday XD.

Skip Beat

Kyoko followed her true love and childhood friend Sho to Tokyo so she could help him reach his dream of becoming an idol. She cleans, cooks, works three jobs and does nothing for herself because she loves him so much, but gets nothing in return. Still, she remains by his side. But then one day she goes unannounced to his agency with a delivery, and overhears him talking about her; he reveals to his manager that he only took her with him as a maid, and that he doesn't care for her at all. Upon hearing this, Kyoko doesn't just sit around and cry. She cuts and dyes her hair, changes her clothes and attitude and thus begins her journey to join showbiz and have her revenge against Sho.
I checked this out initially because my friend kept raving about it. Now I would definitely do the same for anyone that wants to get an anime recommendation from me :B! I just love Kyoko a lot – she doesn’t go b-tch and moan about how her ‘true love’ treated her like a slave but goes show him why he shouldn’t have looked down on her. She’s a pretty awesome character and I can’t help but cheer her on.

So misleading though how the last episode indicated that there would be a second season and then no news of one after that. It was definitely not good enough to end it off the way they did. I guess it does encourage fans to read the manga… >_>. My friend’s caught up to the manga, but it only releases once a month so.. it’s enraging her LOL.

I’ll include the rest another time >< haha